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Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp)Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp)

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535 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 535
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 9
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This unique take on the traditional IPA style pairs the bold and intense aromas of whole-cone hop "flowers" with aromatic natural rose hips and petals for complex aromas and unexpected flavors.

(Beer added by: beertunes on 07-23-2012)
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Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Zaphog, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of beertunes
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly hazy copper color with over1/4 inch of off-white head that quickly dissipated into a ring that held up fairly well and had OK lacing.

The aroma featured, yup you guessed it, floral hops with some pine in the background. There wasn't really a noticeable amount of malt showing up, nor any of the Rose hips used int the brewing of this beer. On the tongue, a very light malt flavor showed up, and there was a crisp hop taste. But again, I didn't pick up any Rose.

The body was that of an average IPA, perhaps a bit thinner than average really. Drinkability was OK, but not great. Overall, a decent, but not special, brew. Worth having for the tick, otherwise a pretty average brew.

beertunes, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, unfiltered, bright, orange-copper coloring with a thin, sparse, film coating. Aromas of tangy caramel backbone sweetness, resiny and rich hops, and lavender highlights. Flavors are roasted and tangy, with a charry character at the end of the palate. Resiny and bitter, with a cedar pitch component. Floral highlights abound, and the resiny hops and cedar pitch give the beer a very green feel. Tangy, bitter aftertaste, with a dry, clean finish.

GarthDanielson, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

A cloudy, dark orange beer with a small, soapy looking head and patchy lacing. Aroma is lightly floral, with a hint of caramel malt underneath but is surprisingly mild overall.

Assertive bitterness in the flavor; the floral hop and herbal and earthy notes overshadow the subtler rose petals a bit. Little in the way of sweetness, and the finish is very dry with a lingering bitter aftertaste. A suggestion of aspirin remains in the mouth. Medium to slighty light bodied, with carbonation that feels a bit fizzy.

As the beer sits, warms, and opens up, the rosy aroma emerges somewhat and this aspect of the flavor also becomes easier to discern. It's not enough to save this one for me though; the feel lacked creaminess and body; the hops were more harsh than flavorful, and the flowers while interesting weren't necessarily all that appetizing. The head wasn't even pretty. Not bad, but not something I'd get again either.

tobelerone, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of scruffwhor
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%

Like the tiny yet numerous pieces of sediment hanging out out in all twelve ounces. Sediment ridden copper color looks great beneath the thick film of foam atop this brew. Great lacing too.

Sweet, fruity floral hop aromas with a splash of toasted bread crust.

The upfront bitterness is mostly bitter flora with toasty and biscuity malts slowly rising in the back of the palate. The overall flavor is pretty bitter, floral, nottes of toasted orange peel. The palate is a little resiny. This is pretty hoppy and of course floral tasting. I don't think this should be categorized as a English IPA though.

scruffwhor, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a moderate effervescence and a whole ton of tiny floaties suspended in the body. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam with good retention and a nice lacing. Attractive.

Smell: light malt aroma with some biscuity and toasty character. Hops are earthy, dank and a little bit citrusy. Not bad, but overall a little murky and muddled.

Taste: sweetish malt with less of the biscuit and bread of the aroma. Hops are dank and earthy and are a little bit more American than English. Not super floral, as the name would suggest, but actually not too bad at all.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and a moderate creaminess. Not too bad.

Overall: a good IPA if you like dank English-type hops. I kind of do, so it works for me.

flagmantho, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +3%

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber. One finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of herbal hops, sweet malt and a hint of orange. Flavor is dominated by citrus hops with light bready malt and grapefruit, finishing with citrus and hops. Could use a bit more malt to back up the hops, but fairly well balanced. Hops flavor is hidden a bit by the citrus flavors, but are somewhat floral and herbal. An interesting take on an American IPA. Light to medium bodied. Enjoyable but a bit unbalanced.

LiquidAmber, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.9% ABV, string of numbers on shoulder.

A - This Beer Camp's IPA pours with a billowing ivory head that slowly lowers, caking the pint in sticky webbing before stopping at a lumpy pile of suds. Carbonation streams through the beer, gently mixing up the small floating particles which haze the golden amber color.

S - Floral notes are certainly present in this beer's aroma, but what's abundantly open and aromatic are the hops' bold citrus characteristics. Plenty of lemon citrus zest with grapefruit overlaps a layer of herbal aromatics, further add complexity. But there's also an odd onion-like smell that doesn't quite sit well for me. The toasted malt kicks in afterwards, toning everything down with some toast, biscuit, and earthy woodiness.

T - While somewhat absent in aroma, the rose hips really explode in the flavor, imparting a majorly floral, pedal-like attribute which works well in conjunction with the rest of the hop overtones. Again, plenty of lemony citrus and grapefruit rind notes with pine resin and herbal characteristics. A near perfect level of malt balances the hops with toast and biscuit flavors and an earthy finish.

M - Bitter pine resin sticks to the palate and tongue though this medium-bodied beer's existence in the mouth. A nice malt level finishes the beer out with moderate balance and a smooth presence. Dry and bitter closing, it begs for another exploratory sip.

O - Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp Floral IPA carefully prods into uniqueness, employing rose hips to aid in the floral aspect of the hops. While they call this a "unique take on the traditional IPA style" I'd liken it more to an American IPA with it's bold hoppiness and bitter finish; balanced but certainly leaning towards the hops. Either way, it remains fairly safe, staying away from the fringes of extremism.

BeerFMAndy, Sep 03, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -6.5%

It pours a deep gold colour with a huge head of foam and it leaves some nice lacing behind.

The smell is very hoppy, lots of fresh piney notes that bring a ton of bitterness. I can't say I get any malt out of the nose.

The taste starts out very bitter; the pine is over whelming other flavours that must be there. It seems to calm down a bit after a few more sips. I get an earthy malt kick just before the finish and the finish itself is rather mild and slightly watery after the initial burst of flavours.

This is light bodied with medium carbonation; a so so mouthfeel.

This isn't a bad IPA. I drinks okay but I'd not buy another Beer Camp pack just for this beer.

Bitterbill, Sep 23, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

Bottle dated 2171216:14 (June 19). Poured in to tulip.

A - Slightly hazy golden orange. One finger of bubbly off-white head. Good lacing.

S - Floral hop aroma up front with some earthy notes and some caramel malt sweetness in the background. Not specifically picking up the rose petals.

T - Good bitterness up front that is accompanied by floral hop notes with the rose petals present and providing a good compliment. Some malt sweetness is present in the background. The hop profile is very fresh and vibrant. A dry, bitter finish.

M - Medium body. Light to moderate carbonation. Lots of sticky hop oils.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a hazy consistency. A little bit of sediment. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: The aroma lives up to the advertising, with a very flowery quality, as well as some hops.

T: Tasted of hops (a medium amount - not too much), a little malt, and the aforementioned floral quality. A very focused, easy to drink flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a solidly made beer. Not overly original, but definitely drinkable.

avalon07, Aug 20, 2012
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3.28/5  rDev -11.8%

Hazy golden colour with a small, tight white head. Poor head retention.

Malty and slightly dank. Lacking punch but there is a floral note here.

Malty sweetness. Nice bitterness though there is a slight cohumulone harshness. The floral character is okay but it doesn't sing.

Moderate body and moderate carbonation. Fine.

An okay beer. It lacks punch and finesse in my book but it's not awful.

dgilks, Dec 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Enjoyable beer...I get a lot of pine on the nose...taste is hop forward but not extremely bitter which is fine with me...again pushing piney/floral...kind of a toffeeish malt backing....body is about medium....finishes slightly dry...really drinks like a really tasty Pale Ale in my opinion...well done.

ZAP, Sep 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

12oz Bottle from Bear World Watertown NY for 3$

Appearance – Hazy dark copper colour with a large size frothy and fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, grapefruit, herbal/floral notes

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and hops. There is also some grapefruit and oranges mixed herbal/floral notes. It has a lingering floral/citrus zest like pungency on the palate. It ends with a sweet fruity aftertaste with lingering floral/citrus zest/hop bitterness.

Overall – An interesting beer that is well worth trying. Doesn't strike me as a English IPA; it has shakes of their pale ale and torpedo but with the added floral/perfume notes. It's a very good beer that I would gladly drink again, rarely does sierna nevada disappoint me.

spinrsx, Nov 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Duff27, Aug 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

illidurit, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%

12oz. bottle served in a nonic. Pours a bright, burnt orange hue with a slightly hazy clarity and a rocky, three inch, cream-colored head the quickly collapses in on itself, revealing thick, textured clumps of lacing along the shoulders of the glass as the head eventually settled into an eighth inch cap. Nose is floral, spicy and slightly earthy. Taste is very pleasant, but not as bold as the nose suggests - all those qualities present intermingle nicely and there's also a slight citrus character to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant, even carbonation and a slightly oily texture. Overall, I didn't find this beer to be as biscuity as most English IPAs I've had. Quite flavorful with a moderate abv. That said, I would love to see this added to the regular line-up.

Jwale73, Sep 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Griffith, Feb 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

enelson, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of tectactoe
3.46/5  rDev -7%

Pours copper with a thick, white head. Lacing is minimal, which is kind of surprising given the huge and overall pretty sustainable head. The nose is full of fruit and citrus - I'm actually picking up hints of Fruity Pebbles. Bits of pine and resin in the back of the nose to bring it all together. The taste is full of hops up front, pines, resiny oils, and a big push of citrus coming up the back end - grapefruit and pineapple are the most noticeable. As the beers mellows in the mouth, the malt backbone comes alive with a slight biscuity taste. A touch of sweetness and a lot of bitterness finish off the aftertaste. The beer has a medium, sticky body with lots of carbonation.

Overall, a decent IPA. Not amazing, not great, but good. I probably won't go out of my way to get this beer again, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered.

tectactoe, Oct 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

pathman, Jul 15, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +19.6%

On-tap at Prime 16, served (inexplicably) in a 3/4 pint glass.

A: Clear medium amber body; not much of a head, but what’s there leaves plenty of fine off-white lacing. Not bad at all.

S: Pure, intense, raw hoppiness. Leafy, floral, earthy, vegetal, and generally dank. This genuinely smells like a glass full of hop cones, not beer. Crazy.

T: Opens with huge floral hoppiness, followed by a hint of citrus and some distant bready malts before closing out with dry, slightly astringent bitterness. Not the best finish, but still an extremely tasty hop bomb.

M: Lively, spritzy light-to-medium body. A tad over-carbonated, but not unpleasant.

O: Awesome IPA. I love how single-mindedly hoppy it is – possibly the most purely hoppy aroma I’ve experienced. They should totally can this.

woosterbill, Aug 30, 2012
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3.15/5  rDev -15.3%

12oz bottle from the recent Beer Camp 12 pack. Amber color, good head, good lacing. Smell is indeed floral and soapy but also subdued and dis-involved. Flavor is more floral mixed with malts, might be hoppy but no way to tell since this is almost two months old and it just showed up in CO. This was the clear dud of the mix pack.

ArrogantB, Aug 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

TheBeerAlmanac, Apr 29, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +6.2%

Picked up a single of each of the series. 12 oz. bottle poured into a curvaceous piece of glassware.

The pour is coppery, highly carbonated, & with a spoonful of suspended floaties; dessert in a glass. Nose is strong pale malts, bouquet of farmer's market flowers, green grass. Much more on the pale ale side, but not bad.

Beer Camp Floral IPA is a master of disguise. A gentle, aimless nose gives way to an aggressive, snorting beer (well, aggressive in a floral sort of way, I suppose). Floral florals are in ascendance, but they're hop flowers, with a hard piney hop bite right on their heels; an odd but pleasant pairing. Pale malts peek out mid-palate, & the finish is long, bitter, & angry. Oily & lovely in the mouth. These ounces are going out with the tide very rapidly.

Simple, direct, tasty. Never met an "English" IPA so bitter (though I have a few friends who might qualify, but they're not English...never mind). Whatev. Best of the three I've had to date, this will make hop-heads grin & swipe a twenty from their mom's purse. Excellent beer.

maximum12, Oct 03, 2012
Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.